Finally, the Walt Disney Studios is releasing Aladdin on Blu-ray and Digital HD on October 6th, 2015. We’ve been waiting way too long for this, so it’s very happy news that the U.S. will at last be getting this perennial favorite released in high-definition.
We’ve all read the stories–DreamWorks Animation recently restructured its management team, reduced its workforce, and revamped its film slate. Sure, the news is depressing. It’s never fun seeing talented people lose their jobs. Sending promising films back into development could mean that we animation fans may never get to see them at all. Even with all of the bad news, the dream is still alive at DreamWorks Animation and, fingers crossed, the future looks promising.
So far (and for most of the rest of the list) males have dominated as most fascinating original characters in animation. One reason for this seems to be that most female protagonists who are interesting have been derived from literature, so I nixed them in accordance with my rules for this series. A few examples of girls I absolutely love from Disney would be Alice, Rapunzel, Tiana and Ariel. However, today’s character wasn’t imagined by Hans Christensen Anderson, Lewis Carroll or a Grimm brother, but by a man with one of the most imaginative artistic styles in all of animation history.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 54th animated motion picture Big Hero 6 is now available on all major digital download platforms. I got a copy on iTunes and watched the film and the bonus features using the Disney Movies Anywhere app on my iPhone 5S. I’m happy to report that the film is still just as great on the small screen as it was on the big screen (my original review is here) and the bonus features, although a bit sparse, are beautifully produced, entertaining, and informational.
Aardman Animations‘ new feature-length film of Shaun the Sheep made its U.S. debut this past week at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. I had a chance to see the film a few days after its premiere at a festival screening in Salt Lake City and I’m happy to report that it’s a delight from start to finish. I can’t wait for everyone to see it.
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival wrapped up the past weekend. One of the categories that the festival is well-known for is its Short Film program. 60 short films (live action, animated, and everything in between) were selected for this year’s festival from 8,061 submissions. In addition to being shown in front of select Sundance Film Festival screenings, nine animated shorts were compiled and screened together for Sundance’s annual Animation Spotlight feature.
Five animated features have been nominated for this year’s Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. Here are the nominees with links to the films’ official websites or Facebook pages.
Five animated short films have been nominated for this year’s Oscar for Best Animated Short. Here are the nominees with links to the films’ official websites (if available) or a preview.